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Defamation case: HC refuses plea against Kejriwal for using taxpayers' money

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The High on Monday refused to hear a plea filed against Chief Minister Kejriwal for his bid to use taxpayers' money to pay his lawyer Ram Jethmalani's fees in a defamation case.

During the hearing, Kejriwal's counsel said the matter is being looked into by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal following which the asked the petitioner to withdraw the case and come up with a fresh later.

of Capital Territory of (GNCTD) Senior Standing Counsel Rahul Mehra submitted that the issue was pending consideration before the Lieutenant Governor.

The High Court's acting Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra dismissed the filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava seeking directions to restrain the from paying fees worth about Rs. one crore and Rs. 22 lakhs to Jethmalani, who has been appearing for Kejriwal in the defamation cases filed by Union Minister in DDCA scam matter.

Jethmalani had reportedly sent bills for Rs. one crore in retainership and Rs. 22 lakh for each appearance in to the Chief Minister.

Jethmalani has made 11 appearances so far, leading to a total of Rs 3.42 crore.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had signed off on the bills and sent them for clearance to the Lieutenant Governor.

However, Jethmalani had said that he would work for free if the supremo cannot pay him his fees.

"Even now if the doesn't pay or he can't pay, I will appear free. I will then treat him as one of my poor clients," Jethmalani told ANI in an exclusive conversation.

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First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 17:42 IST